30 Community Highlights: Spring Equinox to St. Patrick’s Day. Spring Musicals to Film Festivals.

Spring arrives on Wednesday, March 20th with the Vernal Equinox. Families are invited to witness the sunrise (6:45am) or sunset (6pm) at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Astronomers Judith Young and Stephen Schneider will discuss the astronomical cause of the suns changing position during the hour-long gatherings. They will also explain the seasonal positions of Earth, the sun and moon, phases of the moon, building the Sunwheel, and answer questions about astronomy

Annie to Oklahoma. St. Patrick’s Day to Spring Equinox. Jane Yolen to Georges Méliès… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week! Get out into your community and learn while you play!


LiteratureHistoryNature/Animal StudiesParent Workshops/Support GroupsSustainabilitySpring Musicals FilmSt. Patrick’s Day


And be sure to check our list of supporting book & DVD titles to supplement the learning on the different topics highlighted each week. Purchase them for your family library, or check them out from the public library!

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Suggested Events for March 16th-22nd, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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This is the last weekend to see the bulb shows at Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse and Smith College Botanic Garden! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

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Saturday Morning Music Party: March 16th Hilltown Families & Flywheel present another Saturday Morning Music Party in Easthampton!

Saturday, March 16th from 10am-12noon - MUSIC PARTY: Hilltown Families and Flywheel Presents a Saturday Morning Music Party with special guest, Shiprock & Anchordog. Bring the family for another family friendly morning of live music & free pancakes! Local group, Shiprock & Anchordog will bring us a mixed media performance of theater and video set to music in the Americana vein about the story of two dog heroes and their adventures through forests, oceans and dreamscapes. Free pancakes will be flipped onto your plates beginning at 10am. Kids of all ages welcome! Happens at Flywheel. 43 Main Street (Old Town Hall). Easthampton, MA (>$)

Saturday, March 16th  from 9am-3pm – MAPLE SUGARING: Celebrate a delicious New England tradition at the town of Chester’s 28th annual Maple Fest!  Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the First Congregational Church.  Then, spend the rest of the day learning all about maple sugaring (you can even take a wagon ride to the High Meadows Sugarhouse), visiting with farm animals, listening to live music from the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, and more.  There will be food available all day long, just in case you miss the pancakes!  Skyline Trail.  Chester, MA.  ($)

Sunday, March 17th at 11:30am – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Western MA’s most Irish city! The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes floats, dancers, and other performers from local groups and marches all over the city! Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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March 17

Are you hungry for something to do this Sunday? Head to The Eric Carle Museum to celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on March 17th from 12noon-5pm. Make your own caterpillars from found objects in the Art Studio. Join special story times. Meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in costume and get a caterpillar tattoo. There will be caterpillar cookies, giveaways & a sale in The Carle Bookshop. Translated in over 50 languages, and celebrated a world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is universally known as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time. Bring a picnic lunch & spend the day! For more info visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA (FREE with Museum Admission)

March 22

ArtSpark, dance party and auction to benefit the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, Friday March 22nd, 7 to 11 p.m. at Look Park’s Garden House in Florence, MA. Music by the O-Tones, food, cash bar, silent and live auction with eclectic mix of handcrafted furniture, art, local business gift certificates, travel, and one-of-a-kind events up for bid. Tickets $20, available at Cooper’s Corner, State Street Fruit Store, the Creamery and at the door. For more information, 413-268-3421.

RH Conwell SchoolRH Conwell Community School of Worthington, MA is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year with openings in all classes from Pre-K through 6th grade. Located in the heart of the Hilltowns of Western MA, Conwell is an affordable private school with a supportive environment, offering a rigorous, encouraging, and developmentally appropriate program to all students. Children are taught to think creatively, read critically, and reason logically. Conwell has a high level of parent and community involvement in both classroom and after school activities. Students are valued as individuals and learning plans are tailored to meet their needs and learning styles. For more information visit online at www.conwellcec.org or call 413-238-5856.

Advertise your Summer Camp with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Sunday, March 24th, Hilltown Families will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about our marketing package and early bird discounts HERE.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your community event, open house, auditions, afterschool class, homeschool program, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the bulletin board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how we can help with your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Habitat for Humanity is beginning some new local projects – and the organization is searching for families to become new homeowners!  There will be projects taking place in Northampton, Easthampton, and Turners Falls, and families who are able to make small mortgage payments and participate in the home’s construction are encouraged to apply.  Learn more about the opportunities available and how to be successful in the application project on Saturday. March 16th from 10am-12noon at Greenfield Savings Bank  (282 Avenue A.) in  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

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Next Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-2pm – SUSTAINABILITY: A Community Resiliency Summit at the Cummington Community House.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to network and find opportunities to get engaged in the community. Open to all, regardless of geography. Panels are planned on the topics “Food, Farm & Local Economy” and “Strengthening Local Institutions & Planning for Emergencies.” Lunch will be provided by the Village Church, followed by networking and discussions about steps we can take as a community to strengthen resiliency. Child-care will be provided.  Pre-register if possible. 413-634-5005. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)

Easter EventsNext Sunday, March 24th from 12noon-4pm: MUSEUM ADVENTURES: There’s more to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute than its magnificent paintings. Celebrate the remarkable diversity and beauty of decorative arts in the collection—from elaborate works of silver and elegant furniture to charming teacups and colorful glass objects—at a free Decorative Arts Family Day. The day’s program offers plenty of fun for parents and children alike. Music, demonstrations, and art projects are just some of the activities that will highlight the decorative arts in the Clark’s collection. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Willamstown, MA (FREE)

On Friday, April 5th from 4-7pm: ACT OF KINDNESS: Flowers for Friends: A Free Family Friday Night Event at The Art Garden with Hilltown Families. Sign up to bring your kids and come join your neighbors in a free community art event, painting terracotta flower pots to plant with pansies and then pass along to those in your community.  With the idea of spreading kindness and beauty, families are encouraged to pass their posies along to an elder in their neighborhood, or their librarian, classroom teacher, receptionist at the hospital or animal shelter, or other community space of their choice. Space is limited. Must pre-register. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)


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Suggested Events for March 17th-23rd, 2012

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

This is the last weekend to take the kids to Smith College’s spring bulb show in Northampton and Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden's Annual Spring Flower Show in South Hadley. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout Western Massachusetts while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

Saturday, March 17th from 9am-3pm – MAPLEFEST: The annual Chester Maplefest begins with a pancake breakfast at the Church of Chester on Skyline Trail. The during the day, there are crafters in the old schoolhouse, hayrides to High Meadow Farm’s Sugarhouse, animal exhibits and entertainment at the church as well as food vendors. 413-667-3410. Chester, MA

On Sunday, March 18th at 11:30am – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Western MA’s most Irish city!  The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes floats, dancers, and other performers from local groups and marches all over the city!  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

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Breakfast in Western MAOn Saturday, March 24th at 10am – CREATIVE FREE PLAY: Think outside the box!  What can you make with a cardboard box, tape, markers, and glue?  Kids and parents are invited to exercise their creativity and practice their architectural skills this morning at Hatfield Elementary School!  The Collaborative for Educational Services is hosting this event, which offers kids an opportunity for non-commercial creative free play.  It’s intended for kids 5 and under and their families.  Call to register.  413-586-4998.  33 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, March 25th from 10am-4pm – GEOLOGY: Learn all about different types of minerals, jewels, rocks, and fossils this weekend at the Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show!  The event brings together collectors from all over New England (and beyond!) to share their unique collections.  Kids will be able to see hundreds of different types of specimens- a visit to the show fits into studies of natural history (especially of the Connecticut River Valley) and, of course, geology.  Sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, the event also features live demonstrations, art, and prizes!  It’s a great learning opportunity for the whole family, and kids under 12 get free admission!  Takes place at the Holyoke Hotel and Conference Center.  245 Whiting Farms Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

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CELTIC DANCE: The Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company will put on an exciting toe tapping, hand clapping St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 18 at 2pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. With over 70 exquisite dancers joined by National Scottish Fiddle Champion, Emerald Rae and All Ireland Accordion Champion, Damien Connolly this is sure to be an event enjoyed by all ages! Tickets are $10/adults $8/seniors $8/children and are available at the Academy Box Office 413-584-9032 x105 (box office fees will apply). For additional information about this production or dance classes for children and adults please visit www.CelticHeelsDance.com.

ERIC CARLE CELEBRATION: Are you hungry for something to do this Sunday? Head to The Eric Carle Museum to celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on March 18th from 12noon-5pm. Make your own caterpillars in the studio. Join special story times. Meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in costume and get a caterpillar tattoo. There will be caterpillar cookies, giveaways & a sale in The Carle Bookshop. Translated in over 50 languages, and celebrated a world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is universally known as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time. Bring a picnic lunch & spend the day! Sponsored by MEFA’s U.PLAN Prepaid Tuition Program. For more info visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA (FREE with Museum Admission)

LOCAL FOOD: Crimson & Clover Farm is happy to announce that 2012 CSA Shares are now available! Located at the Northampton Community Farm, right near downtown Florence, Crimson & Clover Farm raises a wide variety of delicious, beautiful, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables for our 20 week CSA program. As a community based farm we offer a welcoming environment where our members and their families can come and enjoy this amazing community resource as well as receive nutritious locally grown food. In addition to vegetables we also offer a variety of locally produced products for sale through our farm store. For more information about the CSA and how to become a member of the farm please visit our website: crimsonandcloverfarm.com.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: RH Conwell Community School of Worthingon, MA is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year with openings in all classes from Pre-K through 6th grade. Located in the heart of the Hilltowns of Western MA, Conwell is an affordable private school with a supportive environment, offering a rigorous, encouraging, and developmentally appropriate program to all students. Children are taught to think creatively, read critically, and reason logically. Conwell has a high level of parent and community involvement in both classroom and after school activities where students are valued as individuals and tailor learning plans to their needs and learning styles. For more information visit online at www.conwellcec.org or call 413-238-5856.

PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Piti Theatre presents the 3rd Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival on Saturday, March 17th at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA. Family show at 2pm with Piti Theatre, juggling, internationally renowned dance-mime artist Karen Montanaro, Ballet Renversé, art activities, and syrup tasting. Evening show at 7pm with Karen Montanaro’s Tanzspiel (German for “dance-play”), clowning from Strong Coffee Stage, juggler Thom Wall, and cellist Wayne Smith. On Sunday, March 18th at Shelburne Falls Yoga there will be a Dance-Mime workshop with Karen for kids 7-12yo from 11am-12:30pm and Physical Storytelling for teens/adults from 1:30-3pm. Family show $5, Evening $12/$8 youth under 16. Schedule & tickets: www.ptco.org/shows/syrup

"Last year a participant from the Boston area found out about my camp through your website and spent a week out here with her daughter just for my camp!" - Beth Fairservis, Puppets in the Woods Summer Arts Camp

SUMMER CAMPS MARKETING SPECIAL: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, we’re offering camps a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. This spring we will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: Summer Camps and Programs in the Western MA Region. Find out more about how your camp can partner with Hilltown Families.

Teresa O’Brient writes, “On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 1- 3 pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Berkshire Country Home School Community and the 4H Earth Stars Club are hosting Geography Games and more. Along with geography-related board games and trivia games, there will be an interactive “talking” globe. There will also be country boards on display from previous Geography Fairs held by homeschoolers, so anyone interested in participating or attending this year’s Geo Fair (coming up on Thursday, April 5th), can get some ideas for the fair. This event is free and open to all. For information email berksierra@aol.com or call 413-298-0099.”


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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: Traditional Irish Music with Danú in the Berkshires

Traditional Irish Musical Group, Danú
The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
Friday, March 16th @ 8pm

Internationally acclaimed traditional Irish musical group, Danú, comes to at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, March 16th at 8pm to ring in St. Patrick’s Day. At the forefront of the Irish music scene, Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience not to be missed. Enter to win tickets for a parents' night out in the Berkshires. Deadline to enter to win: 3/14th @ 7pm (EST).

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families has a pair of tickets to giveaway to one very lucky couple to ring in St. Patrick’s Day with internationally acclaimed traditional Irish musical group, Danú, on Friday, March 16th at 8pm at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Friday, March 16th at 8pm - a night out in the heart of the Berkshires!

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 7pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT DANU

Named after an ancient Irish goddess, Danú is at the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene. Having toured extensively throughout the world, Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.

Danú’s standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are truly amazing events, featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. According to The Washington Post, Danú is a “vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy.”

For over a decade, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and across Europe. Danú’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. – www.danu.net

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Danú in concert, at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Friday, March 16th at 8pm is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!   To enter win simply:

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  6. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

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HFVS Reel & Jig Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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REEL & JIG EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Bill Harley – “Sick of Sick” [The Teacher's Lounge]
  • The Jimmies – “Googlie Mooglie” [Make Your Own Someday]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Sick” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • Justin Roberts – “Doctor, Doctor” [Way Out]
  • Billy Jonas – “Wake Up Suite” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Gotta Get Up” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Two Minute Shower” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Eat Something” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Brush Your Teeth” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Totally Ready To Go” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “I Love My Sister” [There's A Pea On My Plate]
  • Bill Harley – “You’re in Trouble” [Play it Again]
  • Karan Casey – “The Silkie Song” [20 Great Kids Songs]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “John’s Jig” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Gerald Trimble – “The York Reel/Dancing” [Celtic Odyssey]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Ben’s Jig” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Boilermaker Jazz – “Band Four Leaf Clover” [Jazz Baby]
  • Lunasa – “Goodbye Miss Goodavich / Rosie’s Reel” [Otherworld]
  • Willie & Lobo – “Rita’s Jig” [Wild Heart]
  • Boilermaker Jazz Band – “Four Leaf Clover” [Jazz Baby]
  • Billy Jonas – “Knock Knock ” [Happy Accidents]Music

Festive Food of Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Festive Food of Ireland by D. AllenSt. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, responsible, we are told, for converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. He used the shamrock to illustrate how three separate leaves united by one stem resembled the Trinity. To this day the shamrock, the emblem of Ireland, is proudly worn on March 17th.

Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s principal feast day, came as a welcome break during Lent in the days of austere fasting. As children we were all expected to ‘give up’ something for Lent. Our beloved sweets and sticky toffee bars were the most obvious if reluctant choice and any that came our way were carefully hoarded so we could have a mighty feast on St. Patrick’s Day.

Children still wear little green badges and the girls sport green ribbons in their hair. In many parts of the country people go to a ceili of traditional Irish dancing in the evening. Men who ‘take the pledge’ and forswear alcohol for Lent) still a surprisingly common occurrence) often celebrate on the feast day by drinking the Pota Padraig.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish people both at home and abroad. In farflung corners of the world the Irish come together on this day to tuck in to corned beef and cabbage or boiled bacon and cabbage, the traditional emigrants’ meal.

(Excerpt from The Festive Food of Ireland by Darian Allen)

 

As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
(IRISH BLESSING)

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SIGNS OF SPRING ARE AMONG US!

Goshen, MAThis winter has been the longest, coldest, dreariest, one yet … for me. There’s nothing like a real New England winter to kick one’s caboose! And this train my friends has been derailed! BUT … hope is in the air! The spring equinox happens this week and my family has already seen signs of spring. I saw a robin the other day in Holyoke and welled up with tears. My daughter saw a ladybug in the snow in Williamsburg this week and she told me she was crying too (hmmm, where does she get that from?). Plus we saw spring bulbs pushing their way up out of the ground outside of the Butterfly Museum last weekend in Deerfield, and the trees in Chesterfield have BUDS! — HOPE IS HERE FAMILIES!

What signs of spring has your family seen? Celebrate the end of winter with us and post your sightings of spring below.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
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Saturday – 03/15

7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free)

8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Throughout the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

9am – MAPLE FEST – (Chester) Annual MapleFest with breakfast, music, artisans, animals, hayrides, sugaring, and more. 413.354.7897 [All Ages] ($)

9am & 11:30am – EASTER EVENT – (Leeds) Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at the Northampton Country Club. 413.586.1898 [Families] ($$)

9:30am – ANIMALS & YOGA – (Easthampton) Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will be hosting Animals for Brownies for kids to learn about wild animals and play animal yoga games. 413.584.3009 x812 [Ages 6-9] (>$)

10am-Noon – EASTER EGG HUNT (Chester) At the Chester Town Hall. Bring a canned good to benefit the Open Pantry. [Families] (Food Donation)

10am-5pm – FAMILY ART – (Amherst) The Art Studio at the Eric Carle Museum explore Watercolor Wonder. Find your own inspiration as you experiment with a variety of watercolor techniques. Free with paid admission. 413.658.1100 [Families] (Free with admission. Borrow a museum pass from your library)

10am-4pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (Free)

10:30am-2pm – FARM ADVENTURE – (Leverett) Winterbery Farm will host “Shearing Day,” to include music and food. 413.548.3940 [Families] (Free)

4pm – 6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

5pm-6:30pm – FAMILY ART – (Haydenville) Family Dinner and Art Time at ArtStar. Create beautiful paper flowers with watercolors to summon the spring. 413.869.3709. [Families] ($$)

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